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Had The Man Brains, He’d Be Dangerous

Posted on | January 15, 2014 | 35 Comments

by Smitty

What is this nonsense?

“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” Obama said Tuesday as he convened his first Cabinet meeting of the year.
Obama continued: ”And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”

The title of this post does not mean to imply a lack of respect for #OccupyResoluteDesk’s low animal cunning. Past all of the bluster, though, what does this mean? Is it tantamount to saying that our separation of powers is moot? Is the pack of limp-wristed sycophants on Capitol Hill sufficiently softened by the ObamaCare hijinks that they’ll cheerfully pass a law backing up Obama’s fiats, to keep the fig leaf in place?
To paraphrase George R. R. Martin: November is coming.


35 Responses to “Had The Man Brains, He’d Be Dangerous”

  1. Alan Markus
    January 15th, 2014 @ 11:30 am

    His “I’ve got a pen” comment takes me back to Ross Perot and his “take a screwdriver and fix the government” statement (something to that effect) during the Clinton-Bush-Perot” debate.

  2. Dana
    January 15th, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    Alas! He does have brains, and he is dangerous, very dangerous.

  3. K-Bob
    January 15th, 2014 @ 11:46 am

    Best prepare for incoming. Scoop posted on this, and it was like lighting the “Totalitarian Nutjobs Welcome!” sign.

    The last days of barack’s Administration are going to be nasty, brutish, and short.

    Unfortunately their effect will be long lived.

  4. Matthew W
    January 15th, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

    “Is the pack of limp-wristed sycophants on Capitol Hill sufficiently softened by the ObamaCare hijinks..”

    I think the Obama NSA has a picture of every congresscritter doing a goat.

  5. richard mcenroe
    January 15th, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

    “Smitty, this is not the hill to die on. Best wishes, Mitch.”

  6. richard mcenroe
    January 15th, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

    Trouble is, between Reid, McConnell, Boehner and Hoyer whipping everyone into line, it’s the same goat.
    And yes, the whip is in the photo.

  7. Matthew W
    January 15th, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

    Hey Mitch, which hill do you want to die on?

  8. rmnixondeceased
    January 15th, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

    It means the empty suit has declared himself dictator, a dictator who will rule by executive fiat. Reminds he greatly of Adolf in 1933 … will he annex Mexico later this year using the “lebensraum” excuse?

  9. MNHawk
    January 15th, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

    Ironic that on the same day I read about our stuttering clusterf(ail) announcing his power grab, I read about the Philippines President refusing such power, legislators were trying to grant him, to deal with an electrical power crisis.

    I guess you have to live in a place that’s gone Full Marcos, to appreciate the danger of a piece of anti-American Democrat garbage trying to move in that direction.

  10. Quartermaster
    January 15th, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

    He hasn’t found one yet. Besides, he still has buddies he hasn’t given any goodies yet.

  11. Quartermaster
    January 15th, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    FedGov needs to have a chainsaw taken to it. 98%+ of what it does it has no authority for.

  12. Quartermaster
    January 15th, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    Those brains manifest as low animal cunning. Low animal cunning is dangerous. Quite dangerous.

  13. Lightwave
    January 15th, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

    Actually Smitty, Democrats are running for the hills at this point trying to avoid the oncoming tsunami. There is no ground far enough or high enough that will save them from the crashing wave in November.

    Obamee is a “non-entity” to them. They won’t lift a finger for his fiats. They won’t be able to abandon him quickly enough, in every sense of the phrase.

    300 GOP House seats and 55+ Senate seats are not out of the question. Obameecare is going to murder them and they know it.

    When they jettison him, will the left call Congressional Democrats RAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST?

  14. K-Bob
    January 15th, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

    I dunno. The way things are these days, as chronicled here by Stacy, the ones without a goat are who get call “deviants.”

  15. Unix-Jedi
    January 15th, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

    300 GOP House seats and 55+ Senate seats are not out of the question.

    You may have missed the part where the GOP has to get involved and actually win races and run decent candidates….

  16. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    January 15th, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    Smitty: At least you won’t have Gentleman Jim to complain about anymore.

  17. richard mcenroe
    January 15th, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

    I’ve always thought the French had the right idea at Dien Bien Phu. Cheers, Mitch.

  18. richard mcenroe
    January 15th, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    Dammit, we haven’t got time for this election shit. We’ve got too much to do to crush our base! Love, Mitch.

  19. Adjoran
    January 15th, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

    I just rushed over to make sure he heard! The last time I was this happy about a congressman getting beat was Tom Foley, I think. (Well, Grayson, but all that joy went away when he came back).

  20. Adjoran
    January 15th, 2014 @ 4:03 pm

    What he means is he will continue to flaunt the Constitution at will. He knows Harry Reid has his back.

    His power will be virtually unchecked until the court cases “ripen” – but the NLRB decision should be a gauge. If it is 7-2 or 8-1 against him, he may feel restrained from some of the most outrageous nonsense.

  21. Dave Mears
    January 15th, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

    he can’t wave a pen and make sure educational outcomes are best for our children, as what is best for our children is both not universally true (any change that improves outcome for some fraction of children will worsen the outcome for some other fraction of children) subject to lowering the bars (if you reduce the fitness requirement more people pass it) and are not constant given changing technology. Executive action is perhaps the least good way to deal with these issues, since the common needs of tens of millions of children are not the same as the common needs of tens of children, so the potential to fix anything is somewhat more remote. But, man, does it sound good to say I’ll wave my pen and fix the world with my kingly charm. Though to me, it sounds like “I have no idea what the problem is, but if I tell people to fix it it should become better.”

  22. AngelaTC
    January 15th, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

    Yep. ANd it isn’t like the GOP won’t take advantage of the precedent when they’re in office.
    He knows how to play offense than any conservative since Reagan.

  23. Bob Belvedere
    January 15th, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

    The verdict is still out, it seems to me, on whether ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ has brains, but most certainly Axelrod and Jarrett do.

  24. Shawny1
    January 15th, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

    Yes, ripen, ripen, ripen (like we don’t pay big bucks to the other two branches of government to provide checks and balances to the executive branch)……But if some of our elected representatives don’t get busy “checking” his smug, little, wannabe dictator ass then it’s going to require an uprising and a housecleaning. This guy doesn’t feel restrained in the face of any vote. He just spins it into someone elses fault, shoots it through some department as a new regulation, or redefines it as a success and continues to do whatever the hell he was going to do anyway. Even if he loses the court cases, the rule of law is broken and doesn’t apply to supreme rulers.

  25. Bob Belvedere
    January 15th, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

    Don’t bet on it.

    The Left In America believes this is their moment, when Destiny has called them, once in a lifetime.

  26. Shawny1
    January 15th, 2014 @ 8:16 pm

    Ooooooo, now THAT’S some conservative porn there Baby!! ; )

  27. Dai Alanye
    January 15th, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

    “Flout” not “flaunt.”

    Sorry about going semantic on you.

  28. Shawny1
    January 15th, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

    He’s making you look like a saint, Dicky. To even attempt such a widespread abuse of power in this country one would have to be on crack…….oh wait!

  29. Shawny1
    January 15th, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

    Gotta be.

  30. Shawny1
    January 15th, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

    Ahhhhh geez, no self-respecting goat could even be whipped into that.

  31. rmnixondeceased
    January 15th, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

    I think you’re on to something there …

  32. Shawny1
    January 15th, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

    That’s going to make them dangerous and desperate to hold on to the power. But they also can see that Obama is screwing up decades of carefully planned subversion and indoctrination with his failures. And that the power they have amassed in the hands of the other side is going to BURN.

  33. Steve Skubinna
    January 15th, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

    He’s not even going to wait for the Reichstag to burn down?

  34. Quartermaster
    January 15th, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

    I’ll believe it when I see it. The GOP establishment has too much of a habit of pulling defeat from the jaws of victory. Even if it happens, if you end with idiots like McConnell, Graham and Cornyn back in, all bets are off anyway. Nothing will be accomplished.

  35. richard mcenroe
    January 17th, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    nah the whip’s for the Congressdrones. they’re into that.